Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Socks For Bear

This pattern was born out of necessity, I had some great Knit Picks sock yarn (Felici) that I wanted to use to make for my 3 year old, Demarcus, who we call Bear,  but needed the correct numbers to make it fit. I already had a pattern I made using this yarn but it was with a size 3 needles and it left the stitches big and open and also didn't showcase the yarn as well as I would have liked since it used so few stitches around the yarn didn't get to repeat much or stripe as it's intended... so Socks For Bear was born... enjoy! (this pattern is not really detailed enough to be good for a first time sock knitter but just fine for someone who simply understands the basics).

Recommended Yarn: Knit Picks Felici, 1-50 gr ball, size 1 needles, set of 4 for traditional method of sock knitting or 32"+ circulars for Magic Loop Method. (my preference).

Gauge: 8 stitches per inch or 32 stitches per 4 inches.

Cast on 56 stitches and divide evenly for 4 needles or in half for magic loop.

Work k2, p2 ribbing for one inch.
Work 10 rounds stockinette stitch. (knit all stitches)
Redistribute stitches for heel if using 4 needles, if using magic loop method then just continue working only half the stitches for the heel and work 13 rows back and forth in stockinette stitch for the heel flap then turn heel as follows:

Row 1: Sl1, p15, p2tog, p1, turn
Row 2: Sl1, k6, ssk, k1, turn
Row 3: Sl1, p7, p2tog, p1, turn
Row 4: Sl1, k8, ssk, k1, turn
continue with this method until you have 18 stitches remaining and then pick up 10 stitches along each side for gusset.

Continue now working all stitches with the "front" or "top" stitches just being knitted and the "back" or "bottom" stitches with the following decreases EVERY OTHER ROUND. 

k1, ssk, knit to last 3 stitches on the needle, k2tog, k1

When you have the same number of stitches on both needles then:

Work foot in the round in stockinette stitch until foot measures 2" LESS than the desired finished length of the sock. (Example: My son has a 7" foot so I knit the foot until it measures 5" and then start the toe decreases).

Then start toe decreases as follows:
(these are magic loop instructions here, you will have to adapt them to the 4 needle method if that is what you are using).

Round 1: k1, ssk, knit to last 3 stitches on first needle, k2tog, k1 then repeat for the second needle.
Round 2: knit all stitches.

Repeat these 2 rounds until you have 32 stitches total then work the decrease round every round until you have 20 stitches. Stop and graft toe together...

Repeat for other sock. =D

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